performance time approx 1m 30s
Range S: b – b' / A: b – b' / T: B – f'# / B: B – c'
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This humorous narrative song portrays an ebullient frog who believes there's never been a better one than himself, although he makes only a small snack for the heron who gobbles him up.
The word 'puddock' (Scots for ‘frog’) forms a playful musical background suggestive of the call of the frog, while the story line is passed between different voices in the choir.
Glossary and pronunciation guide included.
A Puddock sat by the lochan's brim,
An' he thocht there was never a puddock like him.
He sat on his hurdies, he waggled his legs,
An' cockit his heid as he glowered throu' the seggs.
The bigsy wee cratur' was feeling that prood,
he gapit his mou' an' he croakit oot lood:
'Gin ye'd a' like tae see a richt puddock,' quo' he,
[if you'd all..]
'Ye'll never, I'll sweer, get a better or me.
I've fem'lies an' wives an' a weel-plenished hame
wi' drink for my thrapple an' meat for my wame
[thrapple – throat, wame – belly]
The lasses aye thocht me a fine stappin' chiel,
An' I ken I'm a rale bonny singer as weel.
I'm nae gaun tae blaw, but the truth I maun tell –
[not going to boast]
I believe I'm the verra MacPuddock himsel'.'
A heron was hungry an' needin' tae sup,
Sae he nabbit th' puddock and gollup't him up;
Syne runkled his feathers: 'A peer thing,' quo' he,
[syne – then, peer – poor, i.e.“it's a shame”]
'But puddocks is nae fat they eesed tae be.'
[not what they used to be]
J M Caie
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